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Pennsylvania Saw More Than 425,000 Marketplace Selections in 2017 Open Enrollment; More Than 116,000 Were New Consumers

March 17, 2017

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its full report for the 2017 open enrollment period in addition to public use files. Of the more than 425,000 Pennsylvania Marketplace selections, twenty-seven percent, more than 116,000 Pennsylvanians, were new consumers.

The 2017 open enrollment period, which ran from November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017 allowed individuals to enroll in individual health insurance that would begin January or February of 2017. Pennsylvania is one of 39 states that decided to use the HealthCare.gov platform for the open enrollment period.

In the Pennsylvania Marketplace:

  • Nearly one-third (32 percent) of Marketplace selections were Pennsylvanians age 55-64
  • Forty-seven percent of Marketplace selections were male, fifty-three percent of Marketplace selections were female
  • More than four in five (81 percent) of Marketplace plans were Silver level plans
  • About forty-five percent of Pennsylvania Marketplace consumers were between 100 to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)

Of the more than 116,000 new Pennsylvanians that selected plans in the Marketplace, eighty percent (93,000) qualified for an advanced premium tax credit (APTC). These new Pennsylvania Marketplace consumers will save on average more than $1,200 out of pocket for 2017 through APTC support.

Marketplace Exchanges are one of several ways Pennsylvanians have gained coverage through provisions of the Affordable Care Act. In addition to the more than 400,000 that have gained coverage through the Pennsylvania Marketplace, the Governor’s office cites more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians receiving health insurance coverage through Medicaid Expansion. In addition to that, 89,000 young adults have been able to stay on their parents plans to age 26. The results of these provisions has reduced the uninsured in Pennsylvania 40 percent, from more than 10 percent in 2010 to 6.4 percent in 2015.

HAP has dedicated resources on its website that provide more information on how the Affordable Care Act has impacted Pennsylvania.

For more information, please contact Laura Stevens-Kent, vice president for federal and legislative advocacy or Phillip Burrell, director for health market research.

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